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The Republican National Convention New York 2004

This national convention was held in New York City at the end of August and in the first few days of September. The choice of the city was symbolic after 9/11. It was selected before the Congressional committee's findings on 9/11 when security arrangements within America were openly criticised - though it made no criticisms of Bush himself.
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The Sea King helicopter

The Sea King helicopter was vital to the Falklands war effort. The Sea King had a variety of roles and fulfilled each one to a high degree. In the course of the war only four Sea Kings were lost - three to malfunctions and one was burned out by its crew in Chile. The Sea King helicopter first flew in May 1969 and it entered service in the Royal Navy in the same year.
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Memories of Goose Green

John Geddes, a corporal in 2 Para who fought at Goose Green during the Falklands War recalled the part played by H Jones in the battle. Geddes was in Patrols Platoon - the eyes and ears of 2 Para as they advanced to Goose Green from Sussex Mountain after their landing at San Carlos Bay. Geddes referred to the posthumous Victoria Cross awarded to Jones as “the most controversial VC of all time”.
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John Edwards

John Edwards was John Kerry's running mate as vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats in the 2004 National Election. John Edwards was considered to have intellect, a charm and warmth when with the public and a classic example of a person who has done well regardless of personal circumstances. Edwards has been in politics barely six years and he has yet to serve a full term as a senator.
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Bristol Beaufighter

The Bristol Beaufighter first flew on July 17 th , 1939. The Beaufighter was developed as a private venture by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It was a two-seat, all metal fighter plane that used components from the Bristol Beaufort torpedo-bomber. During World War Two, the Beaufighter gained an excellent reputation as a night-fighter and as a maritime strike aircraft.
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America-2004-election

The 2004 national election in America had the political commentators guessing until the results system kicked into its final phase. The final result made G W Bush the clear winner for another four years in office. Many predictions of what might happen if the result was close simply did not come about.
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Wernher von Braun

Wernher von Braun was born in 1912. Braun is most associated with the V2 rocket programme in World War Two and in later years Braun was also associated with the American space programme which culminated in the Apollo 11 Moon landing in 1969. Werner von Braun was educated at Berlin's Charlottenburg Institute of Technology where he studied engineering.
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Britain and Rocket Technology

Rocket development in Great Britain before 1939 was actually far greater than might have been expected given the conservatism that could be found in all sections of the military. The Americans sent over teams to learn about British rocket technology, such was its reputation. By late-1940, a 3-inch rocket was brought into service.
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Why America is a two-party system

1) In America just the Democrats and Republicans reign supreme at a political level. 2) In the 2008 election no other party will have any chance of success. Why? 3) Instinctively Americans will almost to a person only vote for either the Democrats or Republicans as this is the way they do it. 4) Over the years only these 2 parties have managed to build up sufficient funds to fight a national campaign at the level required for success.
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Joseph Stalin

Oseph Stalin lead Russia throughout World War Two and up to his death in 1953. Joseph Stalin was leader of Russia when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa in June 1941 and saw his nation survive the battles fought at Moscow and Leningrad and oversaw a vital victory at the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942/43.
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The 2004 Democrat Primaries

The Democrats have been holding their primaries and caucuses since January 2004. The expected favourite was the former governor of Vermont, Howard Dean. The other runners included John Edwards, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt and Al Sharpton. The first real test of the party's intentions came in the causus at Iowa.
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Hideki Tojo

Hideki Tojo was born in 1884 and died in 1948. Hideki Tojo was Prime Minister of Japan when the attack on Pearl Harbour took place plunging the Far East into a war which was to end with the destruction of Hiroshima in August 1945. For his part in leading Japan into World War Two, Tojo was executed as a war criminal.
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Granny D

Ethel “Granny D” Haddock was born on January 24 th 1910. Granny D attended Emerson College for three years before she married James Haddock. She found fame as a result of her walk across America in 2000 to highlight the part money plays in American elections. She began her political career in 1960, campaigning to stop planned hydrogen bomb testing in Alaska; saving an Inuit village at Point Hope in the process.
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Pressure Groups in America

Introduction Pressure groups play an important role in American politics. In America, as with other democracies, other institutions exist, apart from the political parties, to organise and transmit to government and politicians the views of different sections of society. Pressure groups allow this to happen.
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Concentration camps in Nazi Germany

Concentration camps in Nazi Germany served a number of purposes. First, these camps were used to jail those who opposed Hitler's government or were thought to threaten it. Second, knowledge of what life was like in a concentration camp was allowed to leak out - or came out when someone was released. The fear of ending up in such a camp was sufficient for a great many Germans to openly declare their loyalty to Hitler even if this was not the case.
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Finance

Elections for the President and Congress dominate the electoral structure of American politics. There are a great many elections in America each year as there are a large number of offices to fill at many levels of government. The total cost of these elections is vast. In 1976, the total cost of electioneering was $540 million.
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Initiatives

Initiatives, part of the American electoral process, are a way of allowing citizens to initiate changes within the American political structure. Initiatives, like referendums and recall elections, are seen as an extension of democracy in the political process of America. Initiatives allow those citizens, who are interested, to propose legislative and constitutional changes.
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The Night of the Long Knives

The Night of the Long Knives, in June 1934, saw the wiping out of the SA's leadership and others who had angered Hitler in the recent past in Nazi Germany. After this date, the SS lead by Heinrich Himmler was to become far more powerful in Nazi Germany. For all the power the Enabling Act gave Hitler, he still felt threatened by some in the Nazi Party.
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The Tehran War Conference

The Tehran War Conference was held between November 28th and December 1st 1943. The Tehran meeting was the first time the so-called 'Big Three' met - Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union, WinstonChurchill of Great Britain and F D Roosevelt of America. It was to set the direction of World World Two in Europe.
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Artur Axmann

Artur Axmann was a senior official in Nazi Germany who was entrusted with leading the Hitler Youth movement from 1940 to 1945. It is a sign of how much Adolf Hitler trusted Axmann as it is known that Hitler believed that the future of Nazi Germany lay with its youth and anyone selected to lead its youth had to be held in the highest regard by the Fuehrer.
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